How To Go From Frazzled to Fabulous

And Have Fun Doing It!

 

I’ve always been a heavy exerciser and I’m now in my early 60s and still walking 45 minutes a day. Exercising has helped to control my weight, kept my cholesterol in check, and given me energy to power through the day.

A few days ago I  was out of breath at about the 20-minute mark. What in the world was going on? Since I can’t afford to see the doctor for every litle thing that comes up,  it was up to me to identify the problem and correct it.

Thankfully it was an easy fix and I just needed to add more protein to my diet. If you’re feeling tired and out of sorts, here are five foods that can help you go from frazzled to fabulous:

Eggs

If you’re on a tight schedule, you may not have time to stand over a hot stove and scramble eggs or make omelets. For a quicker protein fix, I like to boil a few eggs, and when morning comes I grab a couple and can be on my way. One large egg has six grams of protein, so they are delicious and nutritious.

Chopped Nuts

My favorite breakfast food is a nice hot bowl of oatmeal but if you add brown sugar, and raisins it can taste too sweet. A fourth of a cup of peanuts has seven grams of protein and adds some delicious crunch.

Cottage Cheese

I like cottage cheese right from the carton, and if you buy the low-fat version, it’s a whopping 28 grams of protein per cup. Cottage cheese can be added to lasagna, spread on toast, or as a tasty addition to pancakes or waffles. Mix with fruit and you have a good-for-you dessert that won’t break the calorie bank.

Tuna

It’s fun to go out to lunch, but restaurants serve such large portions, that you often overeat. Tuna comes in a convenient pouch so you don’t have to worry about opening a can. Each pouch has 16 grams of protein and will fill you up so you’re not tempted to hit the vending machine later.

Peanut Butter

I would love to shake the hand of the person who first created peanut butter. Now there are convenient single-serving cups so you can carry it in your purse. It’s delicious as a dip for veggies, smeared on a banana, or as a spread for your favorite sandwich. As a bonus, it has about eight grams of protein.

Feel free to add your own special touch to these ideas. It’s fun to experiment with different combinations and textures.

4 Mistakes Women After 50 Make

Thankfully They're Easy to Fix!

Getting older doesn’t have to suck. You may get to retire, do some traveling, or volunteer with your favorite charity. Gone are the days when you had to rise at the crack of dawn, commute in heavy traffic, and get in a good mood by the time you hit your desk.

However, like everything else in life, getting older means you may have more wrinkles, and your hair is turning gray. It is frustrating when you are piling on the pounds even though you are still watching your diet and exercising.

You still want to look and feel your best, and by changing up a few things, you’ll feel better about yourself.

Here are four mistakes women make after 50:

Dieting

I’m not naturally thin and it seems I am constantly counting calories, and balancing things out when I eat something more fattening.  If you concentrate on just eating specific foods such as low-carb, it may work at first, but eventually you want more carbohydrates and you may end up heavier instead of thinner.

Small frequent meals of lean protein, whole grains, and dark leafy greens will help keep hunger away so you can lose those stubborn pounds. If you slip up and eat something sweet, don’t feel guilty, just get back on track.

Wearing Wrong Bra Size

I was surprised to hear that most women wear the wrong bra size. Your clothes fit and look better if you are wearing the right bra.  Department stores may offer free bra fittings a few times a year and there is an expert on hand to take proper measurements.

If you are wearing white or light-colored tops, buy bras that are close to your skin color.

Wearing Baggy Clothes

You don’t always feel like showing off your body when you’ve packed on extra weight, and dressing in baggy clothes makes you look even heavier. You want a garment that is not too tight, and defines your waist. If you need help achieving that look, consult a tailor who will take measurements and make sure you look your best.

Dying Hair One Color

No one seems to be a fan of gray hair, and you may want to do the 50-yard dash to your hair stylist for an immediate color job. It’s tempting to go with one solid color, which may end up looking too light or dark.  It can also make your face look older.

If you use highlights with your natural color, including the gray, it blends in better, or you can try mixed highlights.

Learn to embrace this time in your life, and go for your dream life.

 

 

The Joys of Turning 50

Time to Get a Colonoscopy

When I turned 50, my doctor urged me to get a colonoscopy. A colonoscopy allows your doctor to look inside your intestines with a flexible tube, as you lie on your side. If polyps are found, they can be cut out and tested to see if there is any sign of cancer.

Unfortunately, I googled “colonoscopy” and read horror stories of people who woke up during the colonoscopy screaming and trying to get off the table. Others still remembered the pain a year or so later.

So I procrastinated until I was 60. I gave myself a pep talk beforehand, and it was over before I knew it. Here are three ways to prepare for a colonoscopy in menopause:

Ask Questions

Once you schedule your colonoscopy a nurse usually calls and goes over your list of medications. If you take aspirin, you may be advised to discontinue taking it a week before the procedure. Essential meds can usually be taken with just a sip of water before you go in.

You’ll be placed on a clear liquid diet a day or two before your colonoscopy, so if you have questions, don’t be afraid to speak up.

Follow Prep Day Instructions

Of course you would rather be out for a fun date with your husband instead of chained to the toilet, but remember it is only for one night, and you’re being proactive about your health.

You drink a big bottle of solution to clean your insides out, and it doesn’t taste like a root beer float. You can use Crystal Lite to cover the nasty taste. It is a temptation to just drink half a bottle, but if you’re not clean enough on the inside, you’ll be doing a repeat performance.

Plan Something Fun

In spite of your best efforts, a colonoscopy is no walk in the park, so after it’s over, do something fun if you don’t have to return to work. Go out for lunch, have a picnic, or catch a movie. In my case, I prefer a large slice of cheesecake smothered in whipped cream.

If I was flexible enough to give myself a good kick in the rear I would – for waiting so long. I had three polyps removed that could have turned malignant. Colorectal cancer death rates increase with age, so it is well worth a few days of inconvenience to save your life.